So You Think You Can Blog? Guidelines For New Bloggers


You're happy with the new blog design, you understand the platform you've chosen, you've gotten sign-off from above to move forward, and you've signed a surprising number of your staff up to serve as regular bloggers. You want to offer your bloggers some guidance and make them comfortable with the process since many of them are nervous about blogging and most have never blogged before. Get press leads? Fill your bloggers in! What's the time commitment?

Google + for Nonprofits: Invest Time or Not? Nonprofit Starter Steps

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Should your nonprofit do more than simply set up a presence on Google + and not invest any more time? What is a productive way to experiment and learn to the answers to these questions without wasting time? Set aside some “play and explore” time to observe, read, and interact with your colleagues and peers who are on Google +. Debra Askanase Blogger and trainer who share useful tips about Google + (and other platforms too!). How much time are you investing?

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It’s that time of year again- the DoGooder Awards are back!


If you’re picked as a semifinalist in the contest, YouTube will make sure your organization’s application for membership is approved in time to be eligible for public voting. Compelling cause-based video has the ability to advance social change and create real impact.

Difference Between Pitching Mainstream Bloggers and Mainstream Press from Chris Brogan

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He talks about what motivates bloggers and how we're different from mainstream press. My favorite: Bloggers Like Free Prize Inside Experiences. handled well, and other times handled a bit weirdly). Photo from Chris Brogan Chris Brogan does it again.

5 Reasons Why Nonprofit Crowdfunding Campaigns Fail


With any fundraising campaign, a proper amount of time needs to be allocated prior to launch for planning. Take some time to set SMART campaign goals and objectives. A good promotion strategy should include; social media, email marketing, and traditional press & PR.

5 Tips for Getting Media Pickup for Your Fundraising Campaign

Tech Soup Blog

But working with the media is tricky, especially if you don't have a dedicated marketing or press relations person on staff. After years of being on both the press side and the PR side of the media game, here are some of my favorite tips for elevating a fundraising campaign.

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Successful Social Media Content Strategy Is A Continuous Improvement for Nonprofits

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It is designed for one-person bloggers and small teams, so it is ideal for nonprofits that don’t have a specialized social media manager on staff. It isn’t free, but the $15 a month fee is reasonable – and certainly worth it in the time savings.

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MPower Open keeps moving forward

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

What’s kind of funny is that I was quoted on the press release , which was out 3 weeks ago or so, but it’s taken me this long to blog it. Bad Blogger! (I I think my clients thank me for being a bad blogger.) At the same time, it really doesn’t make a lot of difference to the customer that was going to hire Mpower anyway. Thanks again for the post you bad blogger. ; > 4 Alfred Nutile 07.11.08

23 Years Ago Today and How Not To Pitch A Blogger Redux (And Twitter pitches too)

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Last year, I marked the date with the above photo and a post with tips for cultivating bloggers and how it was like a long term relationship. Plus, the person took the time to get to know me over time before asking me for anything. Bloggers Talk To PR Agencies by Toby Bloomberg.

10 Tips for Asking Bloggers to Write About Your Cause

Have Fun - Do Good

There are a lot of answers to that question, but if you want to do outreach to bloggers about an issue you care about, here are a few tips: 1. Search for bloggers who write about topics related to your cause on Technorati , Google Blog Search and's blog search engine.

Blogger Uses Petition Site to Create Better Transportation for NY - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


It will be a powerful grassroots greening machine; with bloggers, writers, and volunteers all contributing to local greening efforts; and held together by the added sticky-ness of good dynamic content, great search engine optimization, and of course that Web 2.0

22 Years Ago Today and Some Advice About How Not to Pitch Bloggers

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Blogger relations (not to be confused with blogger relationships like I'm describing above) that is blogger outreach came up as a topic in a workshop I did on social media and the arts earlier this week. Given the interest in this topic by many of my nonprofit readers, and since I'm started off this post with a story about relationships, I thought I'd share some advice about how to NOT to pitch bloggers to write about your organization, product, service, or event.

Millennial Donors: Please Stand Up

Connection Cafe

Time or Money. Here’s another tip: 47 percent of Millennials prefer to support nonprofits with their time, while only 16 percent prefer to give exclusively through financial support. Since I am solidly part of the Millennial Generation (I recently celebrated my 30th birthday!),

Women Bloggers in Africa Celebrate International Women's Day

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Sokari has a summary on Global s on International Women's Day and how African bloggers have choosen to honour African women. WOZA stand out as a group of women who, through non-violent peaceful action, give a public face and press-friendly words to the experience that weighs on all women in our country?????? And through honouring them we recognise the courage of all Zimbabwe women battling in these difficult times - not just for today, but for every day of the year."

How to generate Twitter leads using automation


Journalists, anchors, customer prospects, and bloggers use the platform to find and vet sources on the fly. To be able to find these press opportunities, you’ll first need to first know which queries to use on Twitter.

Six Steps to Plan a Multichannel Fundraising Campaign


Readers of Care2's Frogloop blog love that our blogger in chief, Allyson Kapin always has her fingers on the pulse of the most current news, research, and best practices in nonprofit technology, online advocacy, fundraising, and social media.

10 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Blogs and Bloggers to Support Their Cause

Have Fun - Do Good

A lot of nonprofit blogs have come on the scene in the year between these events and I feel like it is time to revise and update my "10 Ways" post to include not only ways that nonprofits can use blogs, but also engage bloggers to support their cause.

Time and Social Action

Social Actions

They treat seconds, minutes, and hours as perfectly reasonable units of time in which to raise money, coordinate volunteers, and communicate with supporters. Let’s turn now to volunteering in small units of time…. tell them to be patient and that it’s just a matter of time.

Make Your Nonprofit Board Meetings Magical


No one likes a dull board meeting, or a long one, or one that doesn’t start on time. That’s why we turned to guest blogger Susan Schaefer for fresh ideas on this problem in this week’s guest post. . Prompt start and end times. Yet, it’s one worth investing some time.

Social Community Impacts Volunteerism

Connection Cafe

Author: Guest Blogger. Creating a Blog within your Community - Why send the traffic back to Word Press and Blogger?

3 Tips on Planning a Nonprofit Crowdfunding Campaign

John Haydon

A lot of work goes into nonprofit crowdfunding, so setting attainable goals with timely milestones gives the feeling of never losing steam, thus motivating people to be even more supportive. Timely – goals should be created so that a campaign start and end date are timed carefully.

Dress for the job


Please welcome our newest Industry Insider blogger, Sarah Hill, Social Media Specialist with Memberclicks. At the time that made perfect sense. This means more brainstorming time in the shower, less panty hose purchases and, most importantly, an extra smash on the snooze bar.

How to Apply Social to Communications


We live in a world where anyone, anywhere, can sound off about anything at any time. You’re more than a contact on a press release–you’re a leader and a shaper. You may already be concentrating on blogger relations. And post news, not press releases.

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The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


At frank, we divide our time among great talks by strategists, storytellers and scientists and casual opportunities to connect with other sophisticated communicators over coffee or cocktails. Whether you have a staff of one or 100, you will find benefit in taking time away to attend.

Conference Season: Learning for More than Members


All of them are smart and savvy bloggers, and we know you’ll enjoy what they have to say! Some will work press rooms and others are making sure everything on the trade show floor is just right. You’ve made the investment in time and travel to speak with people.

Why Can’t We Define Public Relations?


Our industry, for a very long time, has used media relations as the example when describing what we do because it’s tangible. It’s also about timeliness, figuring out the best timing for news-worthy information (eg for a product launch). [LONG POST ALERT!].

5 Tips to Host a Successful Fundraising Event

Tech Soup Blog

Now is the time to pull some strings and try and get them to come. And the more likely it is that the press will be there, and that it will ultimately be a high-class event that raises a lot of money for your cause. Are you trying to raise funds for a worthy cause?

Using Social Media to Leverage Family Stories: MomsRising Shares Lessons Learned

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One of these stories was from Dawn Josephson , a MomsRising member in Florida, who shared that because of health reform, for the first time her health insurance did not exclude her son’s pre-existing eye condition. Momsrising Story Site.

How can I write better blog posts?

John Haydon

Writing awesome blog posts is something great bloggers are always working towards, and something bad bloggers have mastered. If you’re reading this, you’re a great blogger.

11 New Year’s Resolutions for Nonprofit Social Media Managers

Nonprofit Tech for Good

I took some much-needed time off in December and was able to spend some down time reflecting on the future of social media and mobile technology for the nonprofit sector. However, while in Asia I got to watch CNN Asia and the BBC and read the local press.

How to Apply Social to Conferences


Every time you create a remarkable and memorable experience for your participants, you add fuel to the social media fire that is essential for keeping your association strong. Gone are the days of waiting for the formal press release before sharing information about keynoters.

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Nonprofits: Diversify!

Connection Cafe

Author: Guest Blogger. Spend some time checking out government grants and grants from foundations , and also check with your city’s chamber of commerce for any information they may have on city and local business grants — it might pay off!

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9 Tips for Making a Multichannel Fundraising Ask

NonProfit Hub

She is a blogger, marketer, and communications coordinator for Qgiv , an online fundraising service provider. If you’ve been in the nonprofit world for any time at all, you know the importance of a multichannel approach to fundraising. It’s time to start fundraising, right?

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10 Blog Content Ideas for Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit Tech for Good

I wasn’t convinced at all that the world needed another blogger. Many nonprofits don’t consider blogging either because they think they need to blog everyday and that it would be too time consuming, or they have no idea what to blog about. Highlight press coverage.

Could John Wayne be the world’s most effective philanthropist?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: I’m hosting a small army of guest bloggers, grantmakers, who are attending the GeoFunders National Conference taking place this week in Seattle. And at the same time, we’ve seen that without patience, donors can suffer fatigue.

Media layoffs accelerated in 2006 | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

06/28/2010: User Expectations and Interface Response Times 06/16/2010: Making the most of conference hashtags: A tool for presenters 06/08/2010: Beaconfire Survey: Seductive Interactions 06/08/2010: Emailing with Convio – Testing Conditional Content 06/07/2010: Goin’ Barefoot? 05/17/2010: Method Tweeting: Act I Updates in Your Inbox Beaconfire at Play More of Beaconfire Bloggers photos www. Was the turnout at your last press conferences a little disappointing?

Turning Engagement into Empowerment

Connection Cafe

Author: Guest Blogger. Larger ones have new media, press outreach, and advertising strategies. However, we knew it wouldn’t work this time. By the time the primary rolled around, we had over 7,624 organizers who had identified 33,404 voters.

E-Mediat: Reflections from the Conference in Fez, Morocco

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Participants had digital copies of the powerpoints translated into french and used their laptops to follow along. We used real-time translators and participants used headsets to tune into the language channel of their choice to understand what was being said. Group Photo with Certificates.

Blackbaud acquires Target Software | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

06/28/2010: User Expectations and Interface Response Times 06/16/2010: Making the most of conference hashtags: A tool for presenters 06/08/2010: Beaconfire Survey: Seductive Interactions 06/08/2010: Emailing with Convio – Testing Conditional Content 06/07/2010: Goin’ Barefoot? 05/17/2010: Method Tweeting: Act I Updates in Your Inbox Beaconfire at Play More of Beaconfire Bloggers photos www.

NetCentric Advocacy: Why I Blog? Still the Same.

Network-Centric Advocacy

I know that if I sit and clean up my posts I would not have time to ever get things done. but I get to throw them out here and get snagged by fellow bloggers. Soon, between the executive director, the technical staff and volunteers, Austin Free-Net had three staff blogs full of updated and archived information that could easily be incorporated into strategic plan updates, VISTA reports, press releases, newsletters and grants.